Cleethorpes lifeboat assist injured sailor during Humber Lifeboat tow

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Cleethorpes lifeboat were tasked just before 3am on 21 July to assist a lone yachtsman who was injured in his vessel to the south of the Humber estuary.

The yacht had already been taken under tow by the Humber lifeboat after a PAN PAN call earlier in the night, The sailor had injured himself around midnight in bad weather and was unable to continue unassisted, and Humber lifeboat had taken him under tow towards the nearest safe port at Grimsby.

Weather conditions meant that the safest way to get medical assistance to him during the tow was for Cleethorpes lifeboat to put crew aboard from their vessel as the tow continued.

When Cleethorpes arrived on scene, two crew were quickly transferred aboard along with first aid equipment. The man was cared for until all three vessels arrived at Grimsby Marina, where he was transferred into the care of the Ambulance service, with the assistance of the Cleethorpes Coastguard Rescue Team.

Cleethorpes Lifeboat Helm, Shaun Sonley, said: 'We work closely with our colleagues at Humber lifeboat and train together regularly to ensure that in situations like this we can provide the best possible, coordinated help to mariners in our area. At the moment, our training is on hold because of COVID-19 but jobs like this show how valuable it is.'

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For more information contact Matt McNally, Volunteer Lifeboats Press Officer at Cleethorpes on 07771-797556 or matthew_mcnally@rnli.org.uk

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Crew being transferred to casualty vessel

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Casualty vessel under tow

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Equipment being transferred

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Vessel brought safely ashore at Grimsby

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